Life App for the week of the First Sunday in Lent, 2/18/18 to 2/24/18

A way to live a mission in your work: 

Reflect on your work to see how God could be using it to make life better for all of us. 

Based on Mark 1:9-15 

Away to live a mission in your work based on Mark 1:9-15, a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the First Sunday in Lent, 2/18/18. 

Jesus comes from Nazareth and is baptized by John.  He sees the heavens open and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  A voice says, “You are my Son, The Beloved, with you I am well pleased.”  “My Son” comes from Psalm 2:7 which is about the anointing of the king who will be treated as God’s child from now on.  Jesus is also “the servant” of God (Isaiah 52:13) who delivers the people through his suffering and humiliation (Isaiah 53:3-5).

The Spirit drives Jesus into the wilderness, the dwelling place of evil where Satan lives.  Satan tempts Jesus to follow his ways but Jesus refuses.  [Jesus will continue to struggle with Satan to the end.]  Jesus is cared for by angels just as was Elijah, the eighth century BC prophet in I Kings 19.  John is arrested and his ministry as forerunner ends.  Now Jesus can begin his work.  He comes into Galilee proclaiming the good news that God’s power (kingdom) is now breaking into human life as never before; and is doing it in Jesus.

Jesus calls the people to repent; that is, to change their ways and believe the good news of God’s coming into life in Jesus.

A theme:  God has come among us in Jesus.